First pioneered in 1889 by chronophotographers Étienne-Jules Marey & Georges Demeny, Light painting is the practice of using light to ‘draw’ or ‘paint’ elements or subjects into a photograph using a combination of a light source and a long exposure on a camera. light painting is now most commonly used to add creative flair or create an artistic effect in a photograph but this was not always the case. In 1914, an American business consultant, Frank Bunker GIlbreth, alongside his wife, Lillian Moller Gilbreth reportedly used light painting to highlight the motion and movements of manufacturing and clerical workers as part of a study. Following the Gilbreth study, there was little recorded use of the technique until in 1935, American art photographer & visual artist, Man Ray created a self-portrait to accompany his project, entitled ‘Space Writing’ whereby he utilised a timed exposure and a pen light to inscribe his name in cursive script before overwriting the letters with cryptic marks. Alongside Man Ray’s experiments, another American photographer, Barbara Morgan was also experimenting with light painting around the same time and created a unique image in 1941 with a merge of her photographs, ‘Pure Energy’ & ‘Neurotic Man’ to create an innovative concept image. During this time, she also worked with dancers, Martha Graham & Erick Hawkins to create light paintings by encouraging them to hold lights whilst they danced to incorporate the trails into the photograph. One of the most influential people to have utilised light painting as a technique was Pablo Picasso, who after a visit from Albanian photographer & lighting innovator, Gjon Mili in 1949, started to create images in a dark room using a flash light and this transformed into a series called Picasso’s light paintings with one of the most famous being Picasso Draws A Centaur.